This song is about two super colliders, the famous LHC in Europe and the terribly tragic defunct Superconducting Supercollider in Texas. Hope the chorus gets stuck in your head FOREVER! Song inspired by Designations Congruent with Things.
As always, song can be listened to and downloaded on my Bandcamp page. Also, my Bandcamp only has a few remaining free downloads. Get them while you still can! Do NOT pay for them. If you want to download wait until 3/12 when more free downloads will become available. Otherwise, you can stream the song for free there or at cleanwhiteroom’s new website!
Title: Central Dogma (ROCK REDUX)
CENTRAL DOGMA (ROCK REDUX) // This song is about abandonment, and the observations that come from an absence of resentment. It’s also about DNA being passed down from parent to child. But more importantly, THIS IS THE FULL BAND ROCK SONG!!!
music written and performed by me
lyrics by cleanwhiteroom
mastered by elementals (the true master of music mastering)
Think back, dear Supercos, to December 24, 2013. The first song cleanwhiteroom and I ever wrote together, and the first song that I ever wrote PERIOD, just hit the internet, kicking off the Superconducting Supercolliders project. What started as a fake band from Designations Congruent With Things has since turned into a real band. 10 amazing songs have been written and released since Central Dogma, with plenty more to come. I’ve learned a little more about how to write and record music since then (with tips, help and wisdom from cleanwhiteroom, elementals and Friend King). For the first time in my life, I got in front of an audience and performed some of these songs at an original music/songwriters night! I’ve acquired new gear, equipment, anxieties (let’s be real, here) and confidence since then. And I’ve made some new friends. I’m so happy for all of it.
The Supercos are far from being finished (I only speak for myself, but I’m legit confident that this is the just the beginning, obviously), but I wanted to take a look back at where this all started for me, because I am a sappy and sentimental person. I re-recorded Central Dogma as a rock song because I couldn’t do that three months ago. And how awesome is that? Now I’m going to stop typing before I start crying. Thanks everyone.
(available for free download here)
SeaWorld just got busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act — and we may have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good
In a surprise move, a Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman’s brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won’t accept SeaWorld’s imprisonment of orcas any longer.’
Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes.
And we tell ourselves (…) that the world is good, and we are not evil, and we will all go home in the end.
“We are completely the puppets of all the actors, okay? They’ll be writing the script for us. Especially the six-year-old, she’s not gonna buy a word you’ve written.”
- Tarsem Singh, on the set of The Fall.
Tarsem Singh spent 8 years searching for the right actress to play Alexandria before he began shooting the film. Alexandria’s charming and enigmatic character was, according to Singh, the driving force that could carry the film’s story. The interactions seen between Roy and Alexandria are essentially unrefined and natural, and the chemistry between the actors is very tangible. The development of their onscreen relationship in the resulting scenes corresponds with the relationship Lee and Catinca built in reality, as the hospital scenes were filmed consecutively.
Sure! There are two kinds of answers to this sort of question. The first kind of answer is a conceptual answer, and one I suspect you’ve heard many times: seek out what interests you and voraciously learn about it from multiple sources (books, people, the internet). A lot of times that kind of advice is vague and, I suspect, doesn’t translate into concrete actions that you might take. This brings me to the second kind of answer, which is the more practical one. So, literally, what can you do? Without knowing what your specific interests are, here’s a list of awesome stuff:
1. Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It’s a book-turned-TV series that’s on the antiquated side, but I defy anyone to find another human who spoke as eloquently and clearly about science as Carl Sagan. Watch it. Read all his books. His interests were wide ranging and he’s ridic poetic.
2. Find a book about something awesome that interests you and then read related material. Here are a few good ones to get you started. Mathematics: Chaos by James Gleick. Astrophysics: Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne. Cosmology/string theory: The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. Music and the brain: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks. Medicine: The Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Biology: Genome by Matt Ridley.
3. Depending on your interests, you might find it easier to get into a biography of someone who interests you. Here are some more suggestions: Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox; Alan Turing: Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson. Paul Dirac: The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo.
I think it’s important to realize that, generally speaking, school provides you with a toolkit of techniques you can use to analyze the world, but doesn’t always tell you about the cool stuff that’s out there. Go forth and seek out awesomeness! Some people find learning interesting facts about the world unspeakably cool (for example, some frogs hibernate in the summer under dirt in a process called estivation). Other people don’t care about memorizing facts but they care about the history and ethos of science, while still others would like to understand their origins, while others are seeking the meaning of life and absolute truth. Some people want to cure diseases, some people want to build things, some people are just curious people. My point is: science is deep and broad and real and relevant and you can find something there that interests you.
Finally, I would add: don’t forget that just knowing things themselves is never enough. The real story of science is in how we came to know what we know, and how sure are we that’s we’re right?
Freedom is a length of rope. God wants you to hang yourself with it.
you and me against the world